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So much Michael

Lots being written about the Michael Jackson in these days following his untimely death.  Here's just the tip of the iceberg that I've seen: VIbe Magazine's Danyel Smith: "He gave himself to the world. And Michael Jackson left nothing but blood on the dance floor." The Nation's John Nichols: "He projected into the world (the […]

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Love Reforming For First Shows Without Arthur Lee

According to the California 66 Revue site: Three of the premiere bands of the Los Angeles psychedelic era of the late ’60s will join forces August 4–18 for the California ’66 Revue tour. The Electric Prunes, Love and Sky “Sunlight” Saxon of the Seeds will bring the spirit of Sunset Strip in the late ’60s […]

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New book claims Hendrix murdered by manager

How's this for some deep sh*t on Monday morning? According the Britain's The Independent: The rock legend Jimi Hendrix was murdered by his manager, who stood to collect millions of dollars on the star's life insurance policy, a former roadie has claimed in a new book. James "Tappy" Wright says that Hendrix's manager, Michael Jeffrey, […]

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Upcoming: 2009 URB Alt Festival dates

 The Black alt music festival season gets underway in June with URB Alt!The brainchild of Boston Fielder, URB Alt returns for its fourth year, pouring another thick four-day brew of music and art on June 20, 24, 26 and 27.  Triangulating between NYC hotspots in Williamsburg, Harlem and Fort Greene, this looks to be an […]

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New episodes of PBS' "Soul!" now online

Just got a heads up from the folks at Thirteen that three new episodes of of the "Soul!" series are now available and streaming online. Featured in the three new episodes: Blues musician Taj Mahal performs abstract folksongs from the soundtrack to the movie Sounder, one of Mahal's most adventurous recordings. Actor Ron O'Neal talks […]

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Acclaimed variety show "Soul!" returns to the Web

  Groundbreaking platform for African American artistry, political expression and social justice From Sasha Frere-Jones at the New Yorker blog: Channel Thirteen recently launched a series called “Broadcasting While Black,” a retrospective of “early black-produced television,” in the words of the press release. As part of this initiative, Thirteen has posted six episodes of the […]

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Vans drops Bad Brains sneaks and tees

  These just dropped last week.  I'd go for the hi-tops, although I wonder how they'd really look in 13's.  If you want to see the tees, click on the link in the press release and then search for "Bad Brains tees". Vans also sponsors Killswitch Engage, Murs, and Ben Harper. Additional link: Bad Brains […]

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Femi Kuti Cancels North American Tour

From Femi Kuti has cancelled his upcoming North American tour due to an undisclosed illness. As reported on NME.COM earlier this week, Kuti originally postponed the opening dates of the jaunt, with plans to begin the tour in Montreal, on January 14, a week after the original kick-off date of January 7. However, today […]

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Happy New Year, people! I don't know about you, but I'm excited by all the possibilities that a fresh start and a new year bring.  One of the first things that happened was that I found out that the blog had been added to the music news page at  Think of as an […]

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Scary white people

So, yes, I had to tune into the Republican convention to see what hymns and songbook they’d be singing from.  Not surprisingly, it was a night of negativity, the likes of which I don’t think I’d ever seen.  I mean, really: It’s one thing when–as was the case in 2004–it’s two white guys going at […]

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